Have you ever watched the news and wondered how people can understand all this stuff? Maybe you’re already fascinated and love to debate political issues.

Studying Government and Politics will give you an understanding of the political ideas and system in the UK and the USA.

The skills and knowledge that you develop through this course are useful in themselves as they will empower you as citizens and give you a much better understanding of the world in which you live. As a basis for work or further study, this qualification is extremely valuable and well respected.

What will I study?

Politics in the UK

  • Political parties
  • Elections and electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour
  • How people vote

The Government in the UK

  • Role and powers of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament
  • The judicial system in the UK
  • The Supreme Court

The Government and Politics of the USA

  • Politics in the United States
  • How the USA is run
  • Comparisons between UK and US politics

Political Ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Feminism
  • The key issues in Britain and the USA today

How will I be assessed?

  • You will be assessed by 100% examination (three exams at the end of Year 13)
  • Duration: 2 hours each

What else can I get involved in?

Local MP Q &A
We invite our local MP for a Q&A, where you can pitch your own questions to a real MP!

Trip to Parliament
We are potentially running a trip to Parliament in the future. Please check back for details.

Local MP Q&A

  • We invite our local MP for a Q&A
  • Pitch your own questions!

Trip to Parliament

  • We will be potentially running a trip to Parliament in the future

Further Education and Careers in Politics

What can I study with a Politics qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sociology

What career could I have with a Politics qualification?

Careers which require a Politics qualification include:
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Government Social Research Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Politician's Assistant
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Social Researcher

Thinking of studying Politics in September 2021?

Take a look at this bridging work in preparation for your course.